HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE BY J.K. ROWLING

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Listening Library, the children’s audio imprint of Random House, Inc.’s Random House Audio Publishing Group division, and the audiobook publisher of the first five Harry Potter novels, has acquired the North American audio publishing rights to J.K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER AND THE HALFBLOOD PRINCE, the sixth in the acclaimed series. The audio edition will be published unabridged on cassette and compact disc and go on sale in the United States and Canada on Saturday, July 16, 2005, simultaneously with the book’s hardcover edition from Scholastic. Books on Tape, also a division of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, will distribute the title in the library and educational markets.

Harry Potter is the most successful children’s audiobook publishing series in the history of the medium. There are over four million copies of the first five Harry Potter titles in print all in Listening Library editions. Among the accolades earned by previous Harry Potter Listening Library audiobooks have been the Grammy Award in 2000 for “Best Spoken Word Album for Children” and the 2003 Audie Award for “Audiobook of the Year.”

Jim Dale, the renowned narrator of the first five Harry Potter audios, will once again record all the characters in HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. His work has earned him the Grammy Award (2000), three Grammy nominations, and several Audie Awards. Queen Elizabeth II named Dale a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his work narrating the series and bringing British Children’s literature to an American audience.

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